On November 25th at approximately 7:30 am our father in heaven called one of his soldiers home. His soldier wanted no fanfare. His soldier wanted no crying. His soldier wanted no heavy hearts. This soldier of God was a simple man of simple means. His mission was simple. Love all people the way Christ loved him. This soldier never swayed from his orders. He studied his mission with great joy and intensity. The bible was his weapon and his spirit was his courage. His courage allowed him to stand on the principle of righteousness. Jesse wanted no funeral or memorial in his honor. He always said these events are for the living. He said when his soul departs his body, the body is merely flesh. What I think he would say if he were here is: Grieve not, for I am going to a place where I hope to one day meet you.
Jesse James Grant was the eldest son of John and Eula Mae Grant. Jesse had 5 siblings, Lessie (deceased), Ulysses (Cecil)(deceased), Rudolphus (Rudy), Ann (Ruby) (deceased) and Joe (deceased). He was born in Montezuma, Georgia in 1928. Jesse spent the majority of his childhood in Cusseta, Ga. Jesse was the 1st African American to graduate from Cusseta Industrial High School.
In 1948 along with Cecil and Rudy, Jesse moved to Toledo, Ohio. It was in Toledo, where he met his bride Florence Lily (Sue) Mines. They were married in 1949. Together, Jesse and Sue had 7
children. James, Colonel, Daniel, Maurice, Earl (deceased), Verelyn and Patricia. Over the years, Jesse and Sue had 17 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren.
After 31 years of service, Jesse retired from General Tire Corporation in 1983. He was a Lead Machine Operator for most of his working years. He will truly be missed by all he touched.